– Seattle’s Sue Bird Leading Vote-Getter in the West –

– Minnesota’s Maya Moore First Rookie Voted to Start since Catchings, Bird in 2002 –

Tamika Catchings (courtesy wnba.com)

NEW YORK, July 14, 2011 – Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings led all players with 32,706 votes in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Balloting Presented by T-Mobile. Catchings received the most votes for the third time in her career, having also achieved the mark in 2006 and 2009. Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (25,077), the second leading vote-getter, paced the Western Conference.

Maya Moore (courtesy wnba.com/lynx)

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (21,379), the first overall selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, is the first rookie voted to start in the WNBA All-Star game since Catchings and Bird in 2002.  “Any time the fans take the effort to reach out to show that they want to see you play and appreciate your game – it always feels great. I think this year’s All-Star Game is going to be spectacular because where we are as a league, with a lot of veterans involved and some of us brining the youth into the league. I’m excited to be a part of this year’s All-Star Game.” Moore said.

The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally broadcast on ABC, Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT) from San Antonio.  It is the first time the San Antonio Silver Stars are hosting the WNBA’s midseason showcase.

Joining Catchings in the Eastern Conference starting lineup are New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (20,226), Indiana guard Katie Douglas (18,598), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (17,205) and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (14,310).  It is the first time Pondexter has been voted a starter in her fourth All-Star selection.  For Charles and McCoughtry, the last two Rookie of the Year winners, it marks the first time each has been named a WNBA All-Star.

Sue Bird (courtesy wnba.com)

Selected as starters for the Western Conference alongside Bird and Moore are Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (22,406), the third leading vote-getter, Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker (19,376) and Storm forward Swin Cash (14,907).

Catchings (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011), Bird (2002-03, 2005-07, 2009, 2011) and Taurasi (2005-07, 2009, 2011) have been voted starters for every WNBA All-Star Game since they entered the league.


Following are the starting lineups for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game:

Eastern Conference Starters:                                            Western Conference Starters:
Tamika Catchings, Forward (Indiana Fever)                 Swin Cash, Forward (Seattle Storm)
Angel McCoughtry, Forward (Atlanta Dream)               Maya Moore, Forward (Minnesota Lynx)
Tina Charles, Center (Connecticut Sun)                          Candace Parker, Center (Los Angeles Sparks)
Katie Douglas, Guard (Indiana Fever)                             Sue Bird, Guard (Seattle Storm)
Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty)                Diana Taurasi, Guard (Phoenix Mercury)

All-Star reserves will be announced on Tuesday.

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